Ways to Give

The Student And Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund

Initially endowed by Hughlene and Bill Frank, the College of Arts and Sciences Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund provides resources that can be used to support undergraduate, graduate and faculty experiences. The SAFE Fund provides funding for college priorities and opportunities that arise throughout the year. These unrestricted funds support student and faculty travel, publication support for faculty and student research opportunities. Read more about the SAFE Fund and see a current list of recipients.

Stats

On average, the SAFE Fund provides 32 grants per semester.


Faculty and students are awarded an approximate total of $15,000 per semester.


$29,890 was awarded from the Student And Faculty Excellence (SAFE) College Fund to 24 faculty members and 35 undergraduate and graduate students (59 awards) for the 2021-22 academic year to assist with student and faculty travel, publication support for faculty and student research opportunities.


By semester, that breaks down to:

  • Fall 2021: 16 student awards totaling $4,365 and 12 faculty awards totaling $6,950
  • Spring 2022: 19 student awards totaling $9,175 and 12 faculty awards totaling $9,400

Support

There are two ways to support the SAFE Fund:

Annual Fund

The SAFE Annual Fund allows for the distribution of your contribution in the current year. 

Annual Fund Code: 92633


Endowment

The Hughlene Bostian Frank and William Allen Frank Student And Faculty Excellence Endowment

The SAFE Endowment Fund has been established in order to help future generations of students and faculty. With the SAFE Endowment, only the income earned by long-term investments of donor contributions can be used each year. Gifts to the endowment can include estate bequests and gifts from charitable trusts.

Endowment Fund Code: 97006

SAFE Grant

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Marta Toran

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Marta Toran

Marta Toran, Lecturer, Department of Geological and Environmental SciencesStudent and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund Recipient: Fall 2021Project: “A...

Initially endowed by Hughlene and Bill Frank, the College of Arts and Sciences Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund provides resources that can be used to support undergraduate, graduate and faculty experiences. The SAFE Fund provides funding for college priorities and opportunities that arise throughout the year. These unrestricted funds support student and faculty travel, publication support for faculty and student research opportunities. Learn more at: https://cas.appstate.edu/students/student-and-

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Anastacia Schulhoff

Dr. Anastacia Schulhoff, Assistant Professor, Department of SociologyStudent and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund Recipient: Fall 2021Project: “Cultur...

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Mary Kinkel

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Mary Kinkel

Dr. Mary Kinkel, Associate Professor, Department of BiologyStudent and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund Recipient: Fall 2021Project: “Gut Motility: Ex...

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Kinji Ito

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Kinji Ito

Dr. Kinji Ito, Assistant Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures and CulturesStudent and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund Recipient: Fall 2021Pr...

What can your gift support

Here is a breakdown of what your dollars can support for College of Arts and Sciences students and Faculty.

$35

can cover student registration at a state-based or regional conference (especially if the student is presenting at a poster session)

$40

mileage reimbursement to a conference (especially if multiple students apply and can then share a ride)

$50

can purchase supplies for research labs; replace equipment or provide a financial incentive/reward for subjects in a research project

$100

can cover a night of lodging; costs of printing materials for a conference presentation or the purchase of research subject information or participants

$250+

awards a SAFE grant for a student to present at a conference or to purchase materials needed to conduct research

$500

is a typical award amount for a faculty SAFE grant which can be used for numerous things such as to complete a book project; pay a student worker; purchase equipment or assist with travel expenses to present at a conference and much more

Other opportunities for support

There are numerous other needs in the college and the departments that we support. Here are some other ways you can contribute to student and faculty success in App State CAS.

$1,000

per year with a four year commitment provides donors with the opportunity to name a scholarship


$5,000

per year with a five year commitment provides donors with the opportunity to endow a named scholarship


$10,000

covers the cost to hire a full time research assistant


 $12,000+

names a classroom space in the newly renovated Sanford Hall


 $15,000+

 provides one semester's worth of funding for the SAFE Fund grant awards to faculty and students

 

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Join us in supporting students and faculty through the SAFE Fund or contact us to explore other opportunities.